10 Amazingly Refreshing Indian Summer Drinks

India is full of veggies, herbs and fruits. Many of these are uniquely found in particular region or area. Therefore, there is a special drink for each region of India. For eg. In Bihar, sattu(barley flour + roasted chickpea) are consumed in summers.

In Western and South India, coconuts are available easily and thus, summer heat is easily beaten with coconut water.

Here are some summer drinks made in homes of India:-

  • Nimbu Pani(Indian Lemonade): The most consumed and cheapest drink of India, Nimbu Pani is the most common drink of India. You can make it more flavorful by adding mint juice, black salt, roasted cumin powder and black salt. You can make it sweet(shikanji) or consume a salty version of it. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2p0TyNZ

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  • Coconut Water: Fresh Coconut water is a blessing in disguise for those whom it is easily available. It is healthiest option for beating the heat of summer. Here’s the recipe of coconut water with Mango Lassi: http://bit.ly/2p18V98

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  • Jaljeera: This is a spicy Indian drink that is consumed as appetiser or drink. It is very famous North Indian drink. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2p2N7H0

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  • Sweet Lassi: This yogurt is a famous North Indian drink. You can either make it salty or sweet. It can be flavored with rose water, saffron and cardamom powder. Some other variations of lassi include mango lassi, fruit lassi, papaya lassi, salty lassi, strawberry lassi and masala lassi. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2o3bTWM

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  • Buttermilk(Chaas): Buttermilk is made with the help of yogurt. It is very popular in entire India. It can be flavoured with ginger, mint, curry leaves and cumin. Oil tempering can also be done with spices and herbs. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ovd7NH

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  • Rooh Afza: This is a healthy syrup scented with sweet rose. It is made of vegetables, herbs, roots and fresh fruits. It can be added to kulfi, milk, ice cream and falooda. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ommHQB

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  • Aam Ka Panna: It is prepared with mangoes. It helps in keeping the body cool and preventing it from heat stroke. Raw mangoes are a great source of iron and vitamin c. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2p13XZS

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  • Piyush: This is a popular beverage of Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is very creamy and smooth. Piyush is similar to lassi but is thicker, creamy and sweeter. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pp5iq7

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  • Thandai: This traditional drink is very popular in North India. It is prepared with dry fruits, spices and seeds. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pp5tBN

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  • Sattu: This is a healthy summer drink, prepared with roasted gram flour. This roasted black chickpea flour is also known as chane ka sattu. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2omsdD7

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10 Indian Cold-Drinks For Summers

Summer is at our doorsteps. And it’s the season of cold drinks. We always like branded aerated cold-drinks that are easily available in the market. But, we Indians are becoming health conscious day by day. There are substitutes available for these regular cold drinks in the form of Indian drinks. We will discuss these special drinks in this article.

  • Falooda:Falooda is a beverage that is very popular in India. It is made by mixing rose syrup, psyllium, vermicelli, tapioca pearls and gelatin with water/milk.

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Falooda Recipe

 

  • Jal Jeera: Jaljeera is a fresh and delightful drink for summers. It is very delicious and helps in digestion and provides relief.

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Jal-Jeera Recipe

  • Iced Tea: When summers are at the peak, then the best drink is iced tea. For flavoring, you can use cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, tulsi and nutmeg. Mango Juice, lemon, orange juice, pineapple juice can also be used for flavoring.

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Iced-Tea Recipe

  • Phalsa Sharbat: Durng scorching heat, Phalsa juice tastes great. It is very famous in UP. The size of Phalsa is half the size of jamun. It is very beneficial and the juice prepared with phalsa is delicious.

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Phalsa Sharbat Recipe

  • Aam Ka Panna: Aam ka panna is one of the best drink for scorching heat. The recipe can also be made with concentrated Mango.

Aam Ka Panna

 

Aam Ka Panna Recipe

  • Khajoor(Dates) Shake: Khajoor shake is very nutritious and delicious. The shake contains proteins, sugar, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals and proteins. It can be made with cold milk in summers and warm milk in winters. It protects you from cough and cold.

Khajoor Shake

Khajoor Shake Recipe

  • Gulab Sharbat: During extreme heat, Rose Sharbat can help in cooling mind and body.

Gulab Sharbat

Gulab Sharbat Recipe

  • Musk Melon Milkshake: A seasonal fruit for summer, Musk melon juice is a great relief during hot weather. It may not be as popular as Mango shake but it tastes really good.
Photo Courtesy: Youtube

Photo Courtesy: Youtube

Musk Melon Milkshake Recipe

  • Bel(Wood apple squash): There are different types of soft drinks available in the market but none is as good as the wood apple squash which can be made at home. If you drink it in the morning, you will not be affected by sunstroke.

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Wood Apple Squash Recipe

  • Watermelon Juice: Watermelon juice is a cooling drink for summers. It is very rich in anti-oxidants and is a good source of potassium. It is also good for diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and colon cancer.

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Watermelon Juice Recipe